...Another way I can relate to Gilgamesh is his mission for a goal. Gilgamesh has a goal of finding eternal life, which is what would have satisfied him. Not only can I relate to this part of the epic, but also most people can relate. We all live life pressing toward a goal. Whether it is graduating high school, graduating college, getting married, owning a house or car, we all have things we desire to satisfy us. Without these goals to press toward what good would life be living? If every day were the same, with no hope of achieving something or changing some circumstance, life would be monotonous and worthless.
But what makes this story relate to me personally is how I feel about one certain goal I would like to attain in my life, though it not my priority. Just like Gilgamesh’s desire for eternal life was unattainable, my specific goal, also, is unattainable. This goal is to be stress free and happy. But as we all know, it is impossible to live stress free. Trials and tribulations will always come. But even if they do not, there are always stressful things such as school and work that will wear on the mind as well.
However, although eternal life was unattainable for Gilgamesh, I have accomplished his goal. Not in the sense that my physical body will live forever, but rather when it does pass on my spirit will live eternally in heaven with the one true God. Gilgamesh was going about his goal the wrong way. He was attempting to seek out his own salvation when it was not within his power to save himself. Though I cannot live a life free of stress and consistently full of happiness, I can look forward to my eternal life in heaven that will be free of pain, tears, sorrow and stress. Therefore, like Gilgamesh’s goal, my goal maybe described as unattainable, however that is only in this lifetime.